Several asteroids larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza will pass through Earth in the coming weeks, including one this week.
According to the data of NASA’s Center for Exploration of Objects Near the Earth, Asteroid 2021 SM3, which was discovered only last month, will pass through our planet on Friday. The asteroid is 525 feet in diameter, slightly larger than the Giza pyramid of 482 feet. An object of this size would be sufficient to “cause local damage to the impact area” if it hits the ground.
2021 SM3 is classified as an object close to Earth, says NASA, “Comets and asteroids pressed into orbit by gravity from nearby planets, allowing them to enter close to Earth.” All objects are located 120 million miles from Earth.
In the near future, the asteroid will be located about 3.6 million miles from Earth. Although it sounds like a safe distance, it is much closer to our neighboring planet Venus, which could be 74.8 million miles depending on the orbit of each planet.
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2021 SM3 will not be the only large asteroid to approach Earth soon. At the end of November, seven asteroids larger than SM3 will approach the planet.
Of all the asteroids that have recently approached, VB3 will be the closest to Earth 2.1 million miles on October 20, 1996. This asteroid has a diameter of 754 feet.
The largest asteroid in the coming weeks is the UE in 2004, 1,246 feet in diameter, a few feet shorter than the Empire State Building. On November 13, 2004, the UE will be 2.6 million miles from Earth.
There are thousands of NEOs in our solar system – exactly 27,024. Of these, 9,856 are at least 459 feet long and 890 3,280 feet or more.
The largest asteroid to arrive on Earth this year came in March, when Asteroid 2001 FO32, estimated to be 3,000 feet wide at 1.2 million miles from Earth.
the asteroid Apophis, named after the god of chaos. And just below the UE in 2004, it made headlines this year due to a potential impact on Earth. Scientists have determined that it will not reach the planet in the next 100 years, but on April 13, 2029, it will be 20,000 miles away from the Earth.
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